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New feature: Upload Your Own Sound Recordings (or other audio files) to ThingLink Images!

Starting today, ThingLink PRO and PREMIUM users can upload MP3 and M4A audio files directly into ThingLink tags. This means you have another cool way to make your images truly engaging with narration, interviews, nature sounds, music, or sound effects. The audio files will autoplay on mouseover.


 

How to create Audio Tags

Creating Audio Tags is as easy as creating your standard image tag. Click to create your tag, then in the tag editor, click the Upload Audio button. Select an MP3 or M4A file from your computer to upload and you’re ready to listen! Audio tags will autoplay when opened, so you can also add an image and text, and let the audio play in the background.

Ways to Use Audio Tags

Audio tags are great for adding narration, nature sounds, interviews, your own music, or editorial comments that give context or create a special ambiance for your image.

Here, an audio file from NASA takes this image from purely visual to a multi-sensory experience. The audio also increases the time the viewer spends on the tag as they listen to the clip instead of just glancing at the image.

In this 360 image, the creator narrates the text in each tag. Not only does this create a more rich experience, it results in a more accessible image that can be enjoyed by those who may not be able to read the text. For teachers, this is a great way to encourage your students to create in many mediums.

Try it Out

Ready to test it out? Here’s a project to help you get started with audio tags. Make sure that you have one of our paid plans to access this feature.

Introducing Your Class

In this project, we’ll be using ThingLink and audio tags to provide a brief introduction to your class.

To start, upload a background image that represents your subject. I’d just suggest an image of your classroom or school.

Now, record a few audio clips that will help give the space context. I suggest using Sound Recorder on a PC or Quicktime on a Mac. If you have an iPhone, you can use Voice Memos, and send them to your email.  Here are some prompts to help you come up with some audio clips:

  • Why did you get started in teaching?
  • Explain the space around you. What can we see in this image?
  • Where is this space located? If someone wanted to visit your school, how can they?
  • What do you teach? Tell us all about your subject.

Back on your image, click to add a new tag. In the icon selector choose the play button, audio symbol, or microphone so viewers receive a visual prompt to what they’re unlocking. Now, use the Upload Audio button to add one of your clips. If you want, add an image and text as well to give your audio a label.

If you’d like to add a sound you can’t record yourself, try searching freesound.org. They host thousands of audio clips sourced from members that you can download and add. Find anything from the wind in the trees, to a helicopter whirring, to the sound of a barbecue being opened.


Now that you’ve learned all about audio tags it’s time to get started! If you don’t yet have the feature you can purchase a plan that includes it here. If you want to learn more about how to use this and all our other features, schedule a demo with a ThingLink expert. Happy Tagging!

 

 

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Featuring hidden clips and tracks in your ThingLink images

Many ThingLink users have asked us about how to feature hidden tracks from YouTube and Soundcloud in ThingLink images. We’ve tweaked things a bit and made it really simple to tag image using clips and tracks that have been marked secret on YouTube and SoundCloud. Here’s how:

YOUTUBE

In this post by Google, they describe in detail how to unlist your clips on YouTube. Here’s the short version:

1. Sign into your YouTube Account

2. Click on your account name located in the top right of any page. Click on Video Manager from the expanded menu.

3. Choose the video you want to edit and click the Edit button below the video thumbnail.

4. Scroll down to the Basic Info tab and find the Privacy section.

5. You’ll see the option to make the video Public, Unlisted, or Private.

6. Select Unlisted. Make sure to click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the page.

7. Copy the URL of your video

8. Paste the URL into ThingLink’s tag editor and you’re set to go.

After this, only the viewers seeing the interactive image will be able to see the unlisted video.

 

SOUNDCLOUD

Soundcloud has full instruction on how to make your tracks secret, but here’s the short story:

1. Create or select a track on SoundCloud.com.

2. Click the pen to edit the track’s preferences.

3. Scroll down to Settings and select Private. The default is Public. Now the track is hidden.

4. Click Save and go back to your track.

5. Click Share on your track and a dropdown menu will appear.

6. Copy the Secret link.

7. Paste it into ThingLink’s tag editor and you’re done.

Only the viewers seeing the interactive image will be able to listen to the hidden track.

Visit ThingLink to make your own.

 

 

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